July Checklist Item: Swim at Deep Eddy
When it comes to pools, there are few out there quite like Deep Eddy. Once a swimming hole on the Colorado River, Deep Eddy is a freshwater swimming pool, similar to Barton Springs. Each night, one of the two sides of the pool is drained and refilled with fresh well water, so you practically have a new pool to swim in every other day.
Back in 1915, A.J. Eilers purchased the property surrounding the swimming hole, built the concrete pool and opened the Deep Eddy Bathing Beach, a resort with cabins, camping and concessions. Today, the 600,000-gallon pool is a favorite spot for families cooling off from the Austin summer heat.
Deep Eddy has a beach entry, a graduated shallow area, and a large area beyond for kids' swimming and playing. The other side of the pool is predominantly lap lanes, but there is also a deep end for older kids. Deep Eddy has a large grassy area to put down your towels, as well as an area leading down to the pool where food is allowed (it is prohibited down below). One of the recent additions to the pool is a large mosaic mural telling the story of the pool's beginnings which was completed as part of a community-led project. You can spend quite some time studying all the intricately-laid tiles.
Keep in mind that you will need to go down a few dozen steps to reach the pool deck. I have seen staff opening a gate at the bottom to allow strollers in, but not sure if that is an official policy. If you want to get in some extra play time, you might want to check out the adjacent Eilers Park with your toddlers or the nearby dock. Lastly, the parking lot does fill up during peak times during the summer, so go early if you want to avoid a longer walk.
Last, but certainly not least, Deep Eddy hosts Splash Movies each summer, which start at dusk. The movie is free with the price of admission, and you can either watch from the lawn or the pool. The movie nights are popular, so arrive early to get a good spot.
Here's the 2015 Splash Party Movie Nights schedule:
Saturday, July 11, 2015 – Maleficent
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - Jurassic Park
Saturday, July 25, 2015 – Big Hero
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – Toy Story
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Drive
Austin, TX 78703
Contact Info Phone: (512) 472-8546
Weekdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Weekends 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
Adult (18-62 years) $3
Junior (12-17 years) $2
Child (1-11 years) $1
Under 1 year FREE